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DIY charging station

I've been yearning for a charging station of late to make some order out of the chaos of cords and plugs in my kitchen. After looking around on the web for ideas I decided to try making one myself. There were a few limitations. I have minimal skill, for one thing, and minimal tools. Importantly, I didn't want to go into the scary part of the basement to get my jig saw, so everything would have to be done pretty much with a power drill. Plus, I didn't want to spend too much money.

The result isn't too bad. Certainly serviceable. Here's a breakdown of the cost:

  • wooden craft box: $5.99
  • velcro cord straps: $2.98
  • 6-outlet surge protector: $13.47
  • spade bit for making 1.5" holes: $6.47
  • stuff from around the house (felt feet; plastic doohickeys): $0.00

TOTAL COST: $28.90

Of course, if I hadn't needed to buy a surge protector, it would have been cheaper yet.

And here's what I did. 

1. I bought a wooden craft box (with lid) at Michael's craft store. It's a bit wider and taller than your average shoe box, but not by much. I would have preferred a longer box, to accomodate a larger surge protector, but this was the best I found.

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2. I wanted to put the cover on upside down, both to make an edged platform and to make it look like something more than just a box. Because of this, I needed to insert something into the lid that would hold it in place when put atop the box. I initially tried using some metal shelf supports, then settled on the aforementioned plastic doohickeys. I drilled at each of the corners and pushed them in.

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3. Then, I drilled a big hole in the side toward the rear, and a bunch in the top. Afterwards, lots of sanding to make things look reasonably decent. 

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4. Then it was time to pack in the cords and put on the top, feeding the wires through the holes in the lid. I also printed out labels to attach to the end of the cords to make their identification easier. Not shown here, I added felt feet to the bottom of the station to raise it off the counter a little bit in case there's ever any spillage.

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Here's the charging station in situ!

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Comments

1.

This is great! Much neater than all those wires, and I really like the way there's a place to stow the kindle and ipad while being charged.

2.

This is how Torquemada started out, too...harmless home projects, a little sanding, a little drilling.....

3.

I'll be hooking the children up presently to find out the TRUTH!

So nice to hear from you, Eric.




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About the blogger: Debra is the mother of two preternaturally attractive girls and the author of a number of books about ancient Greece, including Reading Herodotus: A Guided Tour through the Wild Boars, Dancing Suitors, and Crazy Tyrants of The History. She writes and blogs from her subterranean lair in North Haven, CT. Read more.


  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
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